Out of the past 6/2/02

Sunday, June 2, 2002

10 years ago: June 2, 1992

Workers have erected road-closed signs at Bloomfield Road bridge over Cape LaCroix Creek; traffic will be rerouted for about four months to allow contractor, Givens Construction of Poplar Bluff, to build new span.

March, April and May are normally wettest months of year in Cape Girardeau, providing needed moisture for growing crops during hot, dry summer months; but this year normal weather pattern has been altered, thanks to El Nino; rain at Municipal April during three-month period has totaled only 8.24 inches; long-term average is 13.62 inches.

25 years ago: June 2, 1977

Workers in morning begin clearing trees off nearly 70-acre site where Westborough Mall is scheduled to be constructed, and grading is to commence when strike by operating engineers union ends; George C. Staples of Charleston, developer of proposed mall, says that his associates yesterday exercised option to lease the land for 50 years from Blattner family interests.

Two firefighters practicing their skills in purposely set house fire in 600 block of North Middle have their training cut short when they are rushed to St. Francis Medical Center to check for burns; Edward O'Howell and Stanley Turner are taken to hospital by Fire Chief Charles Mills after fire they were fighting flashed on them; both men were checked and released.

50 years ago: June 2, 1952

Crew of workers begins to break concrete out of center of Broadway, preparatory to removing old streetcar rails and resurfacing this section of two-block stretch from Lorimier to Middle streets; contract for paving job has been awarded to C.A. Hood Construction Co.

Pladium bowling alleys, which have been located at 115 Themis street for past 11 years, have been moved to Mayfield, Ky., by owner, Clarence Hanebrink; alleys were opened in 1941 by Albert Smith and late Bill Green; they continued operate alleys until about 1946, when late William Shivelbine bought them; he had them for only a short time when Hanebrink took over operation; Cape Girardeau now has only two alleys - Trinity Lutheran and Knights of Columbus.

75 years ago: June 2, 1927

Rising nearly five inches overnight, Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is at stage of 33 feet, highest mark since flooding of five weeks ago; stage of 34 feet is predicted for this weekend, but whether river will rise or fall after that will depend on amount of rain to north.

Poplar Bluff - Two hundred farmers battle frantically in effort to repair Dan River levee, 15 miles south of Poplar Bluff, which was damaged when vandals plant about 25 sticks of dynamite and set off charge early in morning; blast is heard in Poplar Bluff; windows are shattered in buildings near levee; dynamite was placed on northside of river in effort to protect farmland to south.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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